Paddy Halton of Shannon company True North Technologies was included among seven agri-tech firms showcasing their wares at a French trade show.

The companies were part of the Enterprise Ireland trade visit to SPACE (Salon des Productions Animales – Carrefour Européen) that was led by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen.

SPACE is the largest animal production show in France and attracted over 100,000 potential customers who attended from 120 countries. The mission focused on promoting the innovation capabilities of Irish agri-tech companies in areas including connected agriculture, the use of data in agriculture and progress in the area of automation and robotics.

Minster Breen said he was particularly happy to have a Clare company included among the Irish delegation.  “True North Technologies is based in Shannon and focuses on delivering geo-tagged decision support and other solutions within the agricultural sector. The company showcased one of its latest technologies during the trade show – the Grasshopper Sensor.”

The Grasshopper Sensor measures grass volume by the paddock. It is used in conjunction with a conventional Jenquip plate metre or with the Grasshopper Plate Meter. The sensor outputs data in Excel-compatible files which are uploaded to a farm computer and compatible databases.

According to Minister Breen, “The Space Trade Show maximised business opportunities for True North Technologies and for all the Enterprise Ireland client companies who pitched their products to an audience of farmers, influencers and potential buyers in the specially convened Enterprise Ireland Innovation Area”.

The minister of state also officially opened the Technology in Agriculture panel discussion which examined how to increase collaboration between Ireland and France with the objective of making improvements to farm production in both countries.

Minister Breen commented, “France presents good growth opportunities for Irish companies across all sectors and is already a significant consumer of Irish goods. In 2016 Enterprise Ireland client company exports to France were in excess of €902m.

“SPACE provided a magnificent platform for Irish agri-tech companies to showcase their solution offerings, and encouraged French buyers to rely on Irish innovative products and services as a source of advantage. This helps to further improve Ireland’s position internationally as a source of innovation.”

This was the 31st year of SPACE which is now the second largest global event for professionals of animal production and is billed as an unmissable event for all breeders and suppliers of animal production.